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Adam Magyar Talks About the Tech Behind His Mesmerizing Photo and Video Series

A couple of days ago we shared Adam Magyar’s incredible Stainless video series, shot from a moving subway train using a customized slow-motion video camera that captures something truly mesmerizing to watch. After sharing those videos, many of the commenters asked for and linked away to more details about the camera he used, and the slit-scan photography that Magyar had been doing for many years.

The video above is for those people who love Magyar’s work and want to know the technical detail behind it, but don’t want to dig through and read the detailed interviews and descriptions of the gear he uses — a 20 minute presentation for PopTech in which Magyar talks about the purpose of his projects, the technology used to capture them, and the myriad challenges he’s run into (e.g. the police…) over the years.

If you have the time and you found Magyar’s photography fascinating, this video is well-worth 20 minutes of your day.

H/T SLR Lounge

No Paris? No Problem! Using a Backdrop and Shallow DOF to Fake a Location Shoot

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The photograph above seems fairly straight forward: pretty model photographed in Paris with the Eiffel Tower in the background. But that’s not actually the case at all. The photograph was actually taken in a basement in Ohio. Read more…

Stainless: Mesmerizing Super Slow-Motion Footage of People Waiting for the Subway

Slow motion video is often mesmerizing, whether it shows creamer being poured ever so luxuriously into coffee, or a dog shaking off water. But the super slow motion series Stainless by photographer Adam Magyar put all of those to shame. Read more…

Talented French Photogs Create Miniature Worlds Using Figurines and Food

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Sorry, Mom, but playing with your food rocks. Especially if you do it with the imagination and exacting detail that French photographers Akiko Ida and Pierre Javelle have poured into their series MINIMIAM. Read more…

Crazy Photo-Per-Day Lip Sync Time-Lapse that Took 1101 Days to Shoot

What do you get when you mix time-lapse photography, lip syncing to a Queen song and an insane amount of dedication? We imagine you get something like Day 1 by Matt Perren: a one photo per day time-lapse video that took him THREE YEARS to make. Read more…

Original Pin: A Customizable Wood Pinhole Camera You Build Like a 3D Jigsaw Puzzle

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Build-it-yourself cameras can be both fun and educational. For photography types, a camera like the Konstructor or the Last camera makes for a fun weekend project that you can then take out on occasion when your inner hipster is calling, or give as a gift to a budding photo enthusiast.

Similarly, there’s a large community of people who love pinhole cameras, which they’ve made using everything from LEGOs to dumpsters. So what happens when those two worlds collide? You get the Original Pin. Read more…

DIY Idea: Upcycler Turns Old 35mm Slides Into Colorful Curtains

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Got a couple of boxes of old transparencies and a bare window? Then designer/upcycler Scott Sherwood has come up with a great idea that will put those slides to functional, creative and colorful use. Read more…

Masterful Mashups Reveal How Similar the Celebrities of Today are to the Stars of Old

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It turns out the rich, famous and powerful of today bear a striking resemblance to the rich, famous and powerful of yesteryear — at least if you trust the photo series Iconatomy by George Chamoun and the followup series Then & Now by Marc Ghali. Read more…

One Second of Video for Every Day in 2013, A Look Back

We try to stay away from sharing too much of the same thing (although, admittedly, we’ve occasionally slipped up and shared the EXACT same thing more than once) but with 2013 officially in the rearview, it seems only right that we share at least one “one second per day” video from this past year. Read more…

Darkroom Gear Recycled Into Chic Table Lamp

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You, of course, are an analog purist who will forever be devoted to film. Other folks, however, may be wondering what they’re going to do with a bunch of darkroom equipment that’s getting lonelier by the year. Read more…